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Latest news and press releases from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

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Pupils and staff at Meon Junior School in Portsmouth are celebrating after receiving two impressive accolades. The school has been rated Good by Ofsted in its first inspection since the pandemic began. Inspectors praised the school for its happy and productive atmosphere, and said “pupils learn well across the curriculum” and that “parents thoroughly recommend the school”. The report also highlighted the school’s strength in English, with leaders described as “ambitious” and staff “all enjoying working” at Meon. Meon Junior School has also…

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“Together we can make a difference.” The Thinking Schools Academy Trust raises over £8,000 for Children in Need.   Children in Need say, “Together we can make a difference'” and this has never been more evident than now. The schools across our Trust took part in a variety of fundraising activities over the last week in aid of the children’s charity. From PJ days and bake sales to talent shows and lip-sync battles, our schools came together to collectively raise over £8,000! We would like to put our “paws”…

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Last week saw schools across our Trust celebrating World Kindness Day and Anti-Bullying Week, conducting a range of activities promoting kindness, encouraging appropriate online behaviour and raising awareness of bullying. Our mission to transform life chances stretches much further than the taught curriculum: our Trust embraces all opportunities to enrich our students, help them to work together and engage with exciting national events, such as Anti-Bullying Week! At the beginning of the week, colour hit our corridors as staff and students wore odd…

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On Thursday 11th November, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust commemorated and honoured the armed forces who gave their lives serving their country during the First World War and in all conflicts since. Students at all our schools could be seen adorned with their red poppies, and a two-minute silence was observed in respect and reflection for those afflicted during the war and the bravery they showed in the face of adversity.   The Victory Academy held morning service with a prayer and ‘The…

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For the second year running, Thinking Schools Academy Trust implored students to celebrate Black History and Culture with a Black History Month Art Competition. The theme this year was “Proud To Be” and encouraged students to consider and share what they are Proud To Be. As they so often do, our exceptionally talented students explored this powerful and important message with incredible poise and we are deeply proud of everyone who participated in this year’s competition. We had a fantastic response to the competition,…

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The Portsmouth Academy, has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its new building extension, making it one of the most sustainable new buildings in Portsmouth. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings and gave The Portsmouth Academy an Excellent rating for its newly constructed building. Rachel Grey, Principal at The Portsmouth Academy, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded an Excellent rating by BREEAM for our brand new building. We are passionate about ensuring…

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“Ignore the brake signs- just drive faster!” Annie, Head of Comms, said cheerfully down the phone to driver Annabelle as she tore around the next corner. With a relieved team high-fiving and celebrating from the sideline, Hummingbird flew past the checkered flag for the last time this season. I suppose we should backtrack slightly. On Sunday 10th October, Hummingbird took to the track once more, this time at the F24 International Finals at the iconic Goodwood Circuit. It was an exciting day of number-crunching,…

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Thinking Schools Academy Trust opened the Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre last week (Friday 15th October) to provide state-of-the-art facilities for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disabilities (SEND) across the city. The inclusion centre is located at Penhale Infant School which is part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Thinking Schools is a high-performing Trust that leads 17 successful primary and secondary schools in Medway, Kent, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Anna Webb, Executive Head of Penhale Infant and Newbridge Junior Schools, said: “My team…

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Shadow Schools Minister, Peter Kyle, and MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, visited The Portsmouth Academy last week to witness its new one:one device strategy in action and discuss the Portsmouth Education Partnership’s innovative vision to become an Edtech city. The digital city-wide commitment over the coming year aims to improve student attainment and progress and engage parents in their children’s learning. Having sustained access to the internet and computers provides students with access to a much wider range of resources and educational…

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Following the resounding and thoroughly inspirational Black History Month 2020, the Thinking Schools Academy Trust warmly welcomes the returning art competition to celebrate Black History and Culture once again, for Black History Month 2021. The theme for this year is “Proud To Be”. Individual and group projects representing “Proud to Be” are welcomed.  We invite students across the Trust to portray what they are proud to be. For example, Proud to Be Black, Proud to Be Brown, Proud to Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud…